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The New Abnormal: Presidential Conflicts of Interest

Tue, 2016-11-29 01:31
The New York Times published an article detailing some of the many foreign business entanglements of the Trump Organization. Donald Trump has claimed, bizarrely echoing Richard Nixon, that a president cannot have a conflict of interest no matter what they do. That isn’t right. That is not normal. Presidents in modern times have divested business… Read More »
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The New Abnormal: A Category for Uncharted Territory

Tue, 2016-11-22 14:39
The Guardian in reporting Donald Trump’s election said the USA was heading into the political unknown. As Trump maneuvers the transitional ship-of-state, though, the exploration will turn the unknown into the known. Most of the time, transitions are dull as dishwater, producing little in the way of novelty. This one, though, is doing things never… Read More »
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Good morning and congratulations, President-elect Trump

Wed, 2016-11-09 11:53
I note that estimable source of journalism on American politics today, UK’s The Guardian, on the outcome of the US presidential election. Donald Trump shattered expectations on Tuesday with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown. Good morning and… Read More »
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Florida: Sunshine, Solar Power, and Shenanigans

Sat, 2016-09-24 22:27
The Orlando Sun-Sentinel carried an op-ed by Paula Dockery on a deceptive solar power amendment on the November ballot. This should be a must-read article for any Florida voter. Ms. Dockery covers the topic quite well, leaving little for me to say, though I’m going to say some things anyway. The first, and most important,… Read More »
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The End of Journalism As We Knew It

Thu, 2016-09-08 21:36
I grew up listening to Walter Cronkite giving the evening news. The feeling of trust that some version of what had happened in the country and the world had been delivered was definitely there. I’m stuck in O’Hare and listening to CNN now. Wolf Blitzer interviewed a pair of Trump supporters trying to bolster Trump’s… Read More »
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EpiPen Pricing Defended by Shkreli

Thu, 2016-08-25 05:20
Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical patent scavenger, did an interview with CBS and defended Mylan Corp’s inflated pricing of their EpiPen product. “This particular drug is a necessity for some people,” Nair said. “Yeah sure, that’s great – but I think important medicine should be expensive because they’re valuable,” said Martin Shkreli. The former pharmaceutical chief gained… Read More »
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